Them Lights in residency at Kulturfabrik with the support of Kultur | lx
The self-taught artist Sacha Hanlet is Associate Artist Residency at the Kulturfabrik from 2021 to 2024, allowing him to develop his solo project: Them Lights.
His residency started officially on 15 March 2021 and will end on 14 March 2024. During these three years, and thanks to the coaching and support from the Kulturfabrik team and its partners, Hanlet has the chance to develop his project from start to finish (writing, composition, visual identity, stage design, etc.).
A member of the group Mutiny on the Bounty for 17 years, Hanlet is a regular at Kufa, because he has been rehearsing there for 16 years. Born in 2017, Them Lights boasts five singles (and three video clips) in its discography: Got No, Yesterday, Mysterious Lights, Crimson Walls, Feeling Good (as a duo with Faruk). The music of Them Lights is a clever mix of pop, electro beats and avant-garde R’n’B, simultaneously dark and groovy.
Aged 40, his hope is that this residency will finally allow him to commit the maximum time to his creation, and to professionalise and perfect his project: from writing to staging, and also including visual identity. Extended periods of research, experimentation and creation (lighting, lyrics, sounds, clips, etc.) will therefore enable him to hone his artistic language.
Hanlet sees Them Lights as a global artistic project. The music, the visuals, the lighting and the sound are all interdependent. In the staged set, the “audience should live a real experience and feel transported by the sound, the lights and the various elements of the staging”. Familiar with being involved in all aspects of musical production and creation, Hanlet – who is also an event technician – hopes to pursue his holistic vision of the music as far as it can be taken. It’s worth adding that documenting the project (via videos, photos, texts, etc.) will be an important element of his work at the Kulturfabrik.
Kulturfabrik called upon Kultur | lx to join the steering committee of the residency. Within this committee, Kultur | lx, as part of its mission to support the career development of Luxembourg artists and creatives, provided advice to the artist on the internationalisation of his project. The aim is to assist the artist and the Kulturfabrik in their project export strategy by sharing the team’s expertise on this issue. Regular exchanges are organised in order to discuss the project’s promotion strategy abroad, to exchange on the different potential markets and to give advice on the development and directions to take for the project. Kultur | lx also has the role of connecting the artist and the Kulturfabrik to the industry on an international level.
Them Lights will present his new show at the Kulturfabrik on November 5th. More information here.